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Department: MEPED-Pediatrics
Course: 563-Medicine and Management

Course Director: Stephen Whitney, MD
Course Faculty: Stephen Whitney, MD
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms: 1
Min. Number of Students:Max: 
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Foundations
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
The aim of this course is to educate the student about management and business issues in medicine. Upon completing the elective, students will be able to knowledgably discuss and explain how medicine is practiced at the team, institution, and national level. This includes a specific knowledge of the different individual players involved, and the role of each with regards to the patients experience (specifically patient safety) as well as the doctors available options. Discussion will include the role of insurance agencies, pharmaceutical companies, hospital management and current laws and regulations, as well as teamwork and quality control. Furthermore, the student will learn how to approach a problem from a management perspective, which will focus on understanding the short term, long term, and no-action repercussions of providing specific care. The purpose of this elective is to fill a gap perceived by students regarding the actual economics and mechanics of delivering healthcare in a modern healthcare system/institution. The elective will also inform students on the educational possibility offered by the MD/MBA program as well as the role of physicians in management.
Learning Activities
Students will be required to attend 9 out of 11 lectures. Recommended readings will be assigned for the next lecture based on student feedback on workload and specific areas where knowledge is lacking. There will be no coursework required, and there will be no unusual education expenses students must assume; readings will be selected so as to be available online, in the library, or distributed in-class as handouts.
Evaluation Methods
Evaluation of students will be based on in-class participation. The attendance requirement will be managed via a sign-up sheet; and the lectures will be focused on interactions between students and lecturer as well as inciting discussion among students. Grading will be Pass/Fail. Students will receive 1.5 credits for course
When and Where to report on first day of service:
First Meeting Aug. 2, 12:00 Noon, Jaworski Aud (Rm 187A; Cullen Bldg.) Lectures will then follow Every Mon. & Wed. at 12:00 Noon
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Alex Garbino - Student Contact
Contact Phone: (281) 685-8038
Contact Fax:
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